# The ACO Seminar (2018–2019)

March 21, 3:30pm, Wean 8220
Patrick Bennett, Western Michigan University
Large triangle packings and Tuza’s conjecture in random graphs

Abstract:

The triangle packing number $\nu(G)$ of a graph $G$ is the maximum size of a set of edge-disjoint triangles in $G$. Tuza conjectured that in any graph $G$ there exists a set of at most $2\nu(G)$ edges intersecting every triangle in $G$. We show that Tuza's conjecture holds in the random graph $G=G(n,m)$, when $m \le 0.2403n^{3/2}$ or $m\ge 2.1243n^{3/2}$. This is done by analyzing a greedy algorithm for finding large triangle packings in random graphs. This talk is about joint work with Andrzej Dudek and Shira Zerbib.

Before the talk, at 3:10pm, there will be tea and cookies in Wean 6220.